Decoded Slug: Verbる がままに (〜ga mama ni)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verbる がままに (〜ga mama ni)

Verbる がままに (〜ga mama ni)

Short explanation:

Expresses the idea of 'Just'; 'while', 'as...follows'.


Verb-dictionary form + がままに


Mado o aketa mama ni, kaze ga heya ni haitte kimashita.
With the window left open, the wind came into the room.
Kanojo wa namida o nagasu ga mama ni, tada damatte suwatte ita.
She just sat quietly while tears flowed.
Kodomo-tachi wa warau ga mama ni, kouen de asonde ita.
The children were playing in the park, laughing all the while.
Hi ga shizumu ga mama ni, watashitachi wa umibe ni suwatte hanashi o shimashita.
As the sun set, we sat by the sea and talked.

Long explanation:

The がままに grammar point is used to describe an action or situation occurring exactly as it is, without any change or control over it, often happening naturally, unintentionally or involuntarily. It can be translated as 'just', 'while', 'as...follows' in English. The formation is straightforward and it is used with the dictionary form of verbs.

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